The term Semitic languages is the traditional way of refering to those languages which constitute the Northeastern subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic languages. In linguistics, it has gradually come to be realized that "Semetic" is a term of some heated cultural objection and is thus no longer considered perfectly politically correct.
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2 The Central Semitic languages
3 The South Semitic languages
4 Common characteristics
The Eastern Semitic Languages
The Central Semitic languages
North & West Central Semitic languages
South Central (Arabic) languages
The South Semitic languages
Western (within South Semitic)
Eastern (within South Semitic)
These languages all exhibit a pattern of words consisting of triconsonantal roots, with vowel changes, prefixes, and suffixes used to inflect them. For instance, in Hebrew:
Other Afro-Asiatic languages show similar patterns; e.g. in Tamashek Tawa akhluk means "creation" and ikhlakdu "he created".